Press Releases

02.05.07

With Suffolk Gang Membership Skyrocketing 900%, Schumer Introduces New Gang Bill With Tougher Penalities And $1 Billion In Funding For Enforcement, Prevention, And Intervention Programs

Concerned that Suffolk County is increasingly becoming a hotbed for gangrelated violence, today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced a plan to increase federal penalties to crack down on local street gangs and to provide more than $1 billion in funding nationwide for gang enforcement, prevention and intervention programs. Over the past decade, Suffolk County has become a breeding ground for gangs with the estimated number of members rising 900%, from 200 in 1997 to 2,000 in 2007, according… Continue Reading


02.01.07

Senators Obama, Schumer Unveil Bill To Outlaw Voter Deception And Intimidation Practices

Washington Senators Charles E. Schumer and Barack Obama today introduced the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2007, which will criminalize efforts to confuse or intimidate voters in an attempt to keep them away from the polls on Election Day. The ObamaSchumer bill will make it a crime to knowingly communicate, within sixty days of an election, false information about the time and place of elections, voter eligibility and registration rules, and endorsements by a perso… Continue Reading


01.26.07

Schumer Announces The Turin Volunteer Fire Company Will Receive Over $135,000 As A Federal Fire Grant

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Turin Volunteer Fire Company in Lewis County will receive a federal grant of $135,404 from the 2006 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The grant will be used to improve operations and safety. The grant is part of the fourteenth round of DHS FY06 AFG program awards to several fire departments throughout the country. "This funding will go a long way in suppo… Continue Reading


01.26.07

With Hundreds Of Trucks Leaving The Thruway & I-81 For Local Roads Each Day, Schumer Introduces New Legislation To Help Keep Trucks Out Of CNY Neighborhoods To Restore Quality Of Life

With hundreds of trucks leaving the Thruway and I81 each day clogging local roads, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today unveiled his federal legislation to keep trucks out of Central New York neighborhoods and restore communities quality of life. Over 1.9 million trucks travel through Central New York every year, but many leave the highways and drive on local roads as a shortcut and to avoid weigh stations, tolls and traffic. Throughout the past few years, there have been numerous accidents spi… Continue Reading


01.26.07

Schumer Calls On US Attorney General To Personally Step In To Resolve Remaining Issues So Shared Border Management Can Move Forward Once And For All

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales asking him to personally intervene in the Shared Border Management negotiations. Schumer, who has long led the fight to institute shared border management, recently lobbied with both Canadian Security Minister Stockwell Day and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to stay focused until a deal is done. Schumer said that any and all outstanding issues, including fingerprinting at the border chec… Continue Reading


01.19.07

In The Wake Of New Upstate NY Freight Rail Accidents, Schumer Announces He Will Reintroduce Comprehensive Rail Safety Bill; Calls For Nationwide Overhaul Of Degrading Infrastructure

On the heels of Tuesday nights freight train derailment in East Rochester and a recent rash of accidents across upstate New York, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today warned that the potentially disastrous accident could be just the tip of the iceberg if the federal government doesnt move quickly to improve freight rail infrastructure in the Rochester area and across the country. Today, Schumer announced he will reintroduce in the new congress his bipartisan Rail Crossing and Hazardous Materi… Continue Reading


01.19.07

With Upstate NY Airports Facing Significant Air Traffic Controller Staffing Shortage, Schumer Unveils New Plan To Dramatically Boost Controller Recruitment, Training, And Hiring

With air service on the rise in communities across upstate New York, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer revealed that there are potentially 25 percent fewer air traffic controllers watching the skies over New York this year than there should be. Schumer will say that, with air service growing, fewer controllers watching more flights could lead to delays, close calls, and even disaster. One of the primary reasons for this shortage is the growing number of air traffic controllers who are retiring. … Continue Reading


01.16.07

Shortage Of Top-Notch Math And Science Grads Hampering Rochester Area Business And Job Growth -- Schumer Unveils Groundbreaking National Initiative To Promote Math And Science Education

With a shortage of topnotch math and science graduates hampering Rochester businesses, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today unveiled a groundbreaking national education initiative to complement his drive to make Rochester a math and science center of excellence. Schumer, standing with Rochesters commercial and education leaders said the United States is falling behind other nations in math and science, and said for Rochester, upstate New York and all of America to stay on top, it is essential w… Continue Reading


01.16.07

Bishop, Schumer, Clinton Urge Restoration of Important Science Funding Affecting BNL

Washington, DCCiting a new study from the Department of Energy (DOE), Congressman Tim Bishop and Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton warned today of dire consequences if funding is not restored to the DOEs Office of Science. Among a number of impacts nationwide, the study warned that if funding is not increased, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) will be shuttered for Fiscal Year 2007 and progress will stall on development of the Na… Continue Reading


01.16.07

Schumer Statement on Corporal Jason Dunham

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer released the following statement on President Bush awarding the Congressional Medal to the parents of Corporal Jason Dunham of Scio, NY in Allegany County. In 2004, Schumer wrote to the President asking him to bestow the Nations highest military honor on the native New Yorker. Corporal Dunham unflinchingly gave what Lincoln deemed the last full measure of devotion and his heroism reflects the true spirit of selflessness, leadership, and courage that the M… Continue Reading


01.09.07

Schumer Announces Over $1.1 Million For Lead Poisoning Control Efforts In Buffalo

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $1,112,880 in funding to the Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning as a Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration (LHRD) Grant. LHRD funds will be used by the Office of Strategic Planning to assist homeowners in rehabilitating their homes to make them leadfree and for education and outreach. This is great news for Buffalos ongoing effort to remove lead hazards from area homes. S… Continue Reading


01.09.07

Schumer Announces Feds Grant Federal Trade Adjustment Assistance To Workers At M.A. Moslow & Brothers, Inc

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has approved much needed Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA) benefits for laid off workers at M.A. Moslow & Brothers, Inc., located in Buffalo. The company has recently shifted more of its production to an offshore site in China, leaving many workers unemployed. The TAA program, administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, provides aid, retraining and reemployme… Continue Reading


01.09.07

Schumer: DHS Changes To Latest Round Of High Threat Homeland Security Funding Are Smoke And Mirrors NYC Likely To Get Short Shrift Again

In light of Fridays announcement by DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff on changes to high threat security funding for this year which could leave New York shortchanged once again, today Senator Charles E. Schumer called on DHS to scrap the current system for allocating money to cities and base it entirely on risk. For New York to reach an adequate level of funding it would need at least 50 percent of pot that is to be divided between six high risk cities, an unlikely dividend. Schumer today sent a l… Continue Reading


01.08.07

Schumer Announces Five Hudson Valley Fire Departments Will Receive Over $727,000 In Federal Fire Grants

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that five Hudson Valley fire departments have received federal grants totaling $727,055 from the FY06 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Wappingers Falls Fire Department in Dutchess County will receive a $35,150 grant; LaGrange Fire District in Dutchess County will receive a $61,750 grant; Union Vale Fire District in Dutchess County will receive a $105,948 grant; Ne… Continue Reading


01.08.07

Schumer Announces Four Southern Tier Fire Departments Will Receive Over $813,000 In Federal Fire Grants

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that four Southern Tier fire departments have received federal grants totaling $813,842 from the FY06 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). WiscoyRossburg Volunteer Fire Department Inc. in Allegany County will receive a $133,452 grant; Sherburne Fire Department in Chenango County will receive a $498,750 grant; and Laurens Fire Department in Otsego County will receive a $… Continue Reading


12.21.06

Schumer Announces Senate & House Passed Bill Establishing New Life-Saving Umbilical Cord Blood Program

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate passed the Cord Blood Stem Cell Act, which would create a network of qualified cord blood banking centers to prepare, store, and distribute human umbilical cord blood stem cells for the treatment of patients and to support research using such cells. Schumer, who cosponsored the legislation, met with doctors and patients across New York about the promise of this science throughout the year. Thi… Continue Reading


12.14.06

Schumer Announces Over $57,000 For Arts Programs In Western New York

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced three federal grants totaling $57,500 are being awarded to three cultural programs in Buffalo by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). White Pine Inc. will receive $25,000 to participate in a new publishing project. Hallwalls, Inc. will receive $20,000 to support the Artist in Residence Project. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society, Inc. will receive $12,500 to support new performances by American composers. New York State received 28 NE… Continue Reading


12.14.06

Schumer Announces Four Hudson Valley Fire Departments Will Receive Over $373,000 In Federal Fire Grants

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that four Hudson Valley fire departments have received federal grants totaling $373,895 from the FY06 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Patterson Fire Department Number 1, Inc. in Putnam County will receive a $258,875 grant; North White Lake Fire District in Sullivan County will receive a $69,208 grant; Dobbs Ferry Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc. in Westchester County will… Continue Reading


12.14.06

Schumer Announces Walton Fire Department In Delaware County Will Receive Over $84,000 As A Federal Fire Grant

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Walton Fire Department in Delaware County has received a federal grant totaling $84,123 from the FY06 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The grant will be used to improve operations and safety. The grant is part of the ninth round of DHS FY06 AFG program awards to several fire departments throughout the country. "This funding will go a long way in support… Continue Reading


12.11.06

Schumer: Expansion At Rome DFAS An Economic Development Turning Point For Entire Region

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer cheered the expansion at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) facility in Rome, NY and the meeting of federal, state, local and military officials to discuss future job growth. Schumer said todays dedication signals a recommitment to ensuring all the jobs promised by the Department of Defense after the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) decision in fact come to DFAS and that federal, state, and local officials spin this growth and m… Continue Reading

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